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Pipe band concert in Belfast city centre drums-up support for water charity

By Kirsten Elder

Belfast city centre was full of pipers and drummers today as they put on a two hour concert at Corn Market to raise awareness for WaterAid and the upcoming World Water Day, this Sunday.

The pipers and drummers  from a variety of different bands, including Irvine Memorial, St Patrick's Drumquin, Killadeas, Mountfield, Clontibret, Blossomhill, Quinn Memorial, Tullywhisker, McNeilstown, Field Marshal Montgomery, Ballycoan, Cullybackey, Aughintober, Omagh true Blues, McDonald Memorial, and Augharonan gathered to show their support to the charity.

"I decided to pull together pipers and drummers from across the province from all different cultures and backgrounds, to do a joint performance on behalf of WaterAid in order to raise funds for deprived children across the world who are dying daily because they have no water or sanitary facilities., said "  Jim McElrath, Pipe Major .

To date WaterAid have helped over 17 million people benefit from clean water and over 12 million people with sanitation.

Frank Stweart, Vice Chair of the WaterAid Northern Ireland Committee said: "World Water Day gives WaterAid and other charities the chance to promote those across the world who do not have clean, safe water."

He added: "We take water for granted everyday but almost 900 million people can't take it for granted."

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